Public Hanukkah Lightings Planned In Many Cities

FILE - This Dec. 20, 2011 file photo shows Office of Management and Budget  Director Jacob Lew, second from right, Rabbi Levi Shemtov, second from left, and Rabbi Abraham Shemtov, right, as they light the National Hanukkah Menorah during a ceremony on The Ellipse in Washington marking the first night of Hanukkah. This year the National Menorah lighting event, sponsored by American Friends of Lubavitch, is scheduled to take place at the Ellipse outside the White House in Washington, D.C. at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. The eight-day Jewish holiday begins at sundown Saturday, Dec. 8.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)

FILE - This Dec. 20, 2011 file photo shows Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew, second from right, Rabbi Levi Shemtov, second from left, and Rabbi Abraham Shemtov, right, as they light the National Hanukkah Menorah during a ceremony on The Ellipse in Washington marking the first night of Hanukkah. This year the National Menorah lighting event, sponsored by American Friends of Lubavitch, is scheduled to take place at the Ellipse outside the White House in Washington, D.C. at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. The eight-day Jewish holiday begins at sundown Saturday, Dec. 8. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)

New York — Menorah lightings to mark the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah are planned near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., and in many other cities around the world.

In London, a menorah lighting is scheduled for tomorrow at 6 p.m. in Trafalgar Square. In Paris, a lighting planned for tonight at 8 will include a concert with live Jewish music and a live video link to menorah lightings in New York and Jerusalem at the Western Wall. In Berlin, the menorah lighting will take place tonight at 6:30 p.m.

In New York, a “Hanukkah on ice” event is planned for tomorrow, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., with a concert and skating party at the rink in Central Park just north of the 59th Street entrance. At 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, a giant menorah carved from blocks of ice will be lit on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

In Washington, the National Menorah Lighting is scheduled for 4 p.m. today at the Ellipse near the White House, with performances by the U.S. Navy Band and a musical group called The Three Cantors.

In Miami, the Miami Heat host a Jewish heritage night at the basketball team’s Wednesday game at American Airlines Arena. A menorah will be lit at halftime and a Hanukkah party will be held on the court after the game.

Numerous other events, all sponsored by the Chabad Lubavitch outreach organization, are scheduled at locations around the world, from U.S. college campuses to city centers large and small including outposts in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The events are open to all, family-oriented, and most are free. Many of the lightings include live music and children’s activities. For a searchable directory of events, visit www.hanukkah.org.

The eight-day Jewish holiday began at sundown yesterday. The public menorahs will be lit each night, but the exact timing varies due to observances of the Jewish Sabbath on Friday and Saturday nights and in order to accommodate the schedules of dignitaries attending some of the bigger events.